The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Monday, April 17, 2006

One For The Nerds

I have come across a few figures that show the cost of running a group of courts (as it happens, Greater Manchester) in 2003.

There were 104 courtrooms, served by 1849 magistrates and four District Judges. Running costs were £21.37 million, and of those staff costs made up 69%, premises 17%, supplies and services 11%, and magistrates' expenses 5%.

Magistrates' expenses averaged £565.71 per head, or about £11 per week each.

Since these figures were put together HMCS has taken over the running of the courts, so don't be surprised if the figures for April 2005 onwards show a sharp increase in central admin costs, will you?